Thursday, February 25, 2010

Spherical Design in Rustic Western Red Cedar Wood Shingles

Tucked quietly in a corner of your existing home’s property or as an independent structure all its own, this compact garden shed is an insulated sphere measuring three meters in diameter. With this smart wooden prefab structure, you can extend your home’s living space without going through the cost and inconvenience of a home addition and renovation. A top-hinged gull-wing door swings open, resembling a spaceship to welcome you into this ultra-modern design. The small design lets you isolate the intended function of a space, so whether you use it as a home office, an artist’s studio, a guest house, a kids’ play room or an adult retreat, this cool shed provides peace and privacy aplenty. The spherical design is clad in rustic Western Red Cedar wood shingles, giving the shed a country-chic aesthetic. The small design lets you isolate the intended function of a space, so whether you use it as a home office, an artist’s studio, a guest house, a kids’ play room or an adult retreat, this cool shed provides peace and privacy aplenty. Interiors are fully plastered and ready to decorate in your style, your way. At the top of the dome, a skylight floods interiors with natural light. Whimsical as it looks, this small garden shed is big on function, featuring a 2.9-meter internal diameter ready to fill with your work and play essentials.








Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Forest Home Design in Baraboo

A Forest home design idea by Bruns Architecture, this cool home in Baraboo, Wisconsin has a “forest feel” to it. The elegant, understated architecture doesn’t dominate its natural forest surroundings, but blends rather beautifully thanks to its low profile, simple geometry and layers of wood, concrete and glass. The wonderful use of wood both inside and out highlights the home earthy aesthetic, but in a sleek and sophisticated way. The home is heated by a hydronic radiant heat system – the lower-level concrete slab absorbs and stores the heat, which naturally radiates up to heat the main living area. On entering through the solid wood door, the main foyer offers access to a large open-concept plan that opens to the kitchen, dining and living room, all enclosed in glass with views of the forested bluff beyond. To ensure the house feels as cozy as it looks, the building envelope is made of super insulated polyurethane SIP wall and roof panels and high-performance low-E argon windows. For more information please visit Forest Home.